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Walking Tour

Walking Holidays in France

The beautiful French countryside has long been drawing tourists from all over the world, with its dazzling array of scenery including the jagged peaks of the Alps and Pyrenées, the glimmering Mediterranean lapping the coves and bays of the Southern Coast, the rolling vineyards and fields of sunflowers and lavender from Provence to Burgundy to the great Loire with its stunning chateaux.

What better way to experience all this beauty than on foot, wandering amidst forests and stumbling onto picturesque villages in the Dordogne, roaming through plains of wild herbs and colourful flowers beneath the imposing Luberon Massif, lunching at intimate French cafés and staying in lovely rural hotels in Provence. 

Feel the sun and wind on your face, smell the wildflowers or the salty spray of the Atlantic, trek the rugged Pyrénees, reach 3000 metre summits of the Queyras, meander along the scenic wine trails of Alsace or stroll along meandering rivers - there's the opportunity for every kind of walking holiday for all tastes and abilities in France. Depending on your preference, there are guided and self-guided options for walking holidays through the spectacular contrasting scenery of France.

To help with the transport details, our journey planner shows you how to travel by train from London to France to start and end your trip. Below we have selected a few of the best walking holidays the country has to offer, all of which can be reached by train or ferry:

It is important to be firm : One of you leading your donkey with the rope

Mercantour self-guided walking holidays, France

Through the fragrant foothills of Provence and up to the alpine panoramas of the Mercantour. With or without the help of one of our devoted donkeys, take in sights such as Europe's largest glacial lake, red gorges, marmots, chamois and golden eagles.
€612 adult /€498 child under 12, full board at a guest...
It is important to be firm : One of you leading your donkey with the rope

Mercantour self-guided walking holidays, France

Through the fragrant foothills of Provence and up to the alpine panoramas of the Mercantour. With or without the help of one of our devoted donkeys, take in sights such as Europe's largest glacial lake, red gorges, marmots, chamois and golden eagles.

€612 adult /€498 child under 12, full board at a guest house, hotel and mountain refuge, and including luggage transport by donkey and transfer from/to train station

8 days (7 nights)
15 May to 15 September
From the Eiger to the Matterhorn Iconic peaks of the Bernese Oberland & Valais

Walking in Switzerland - From the Eiger to the Matterhorn

This is a holiday promising challenge and fulfilment, covering over 150km and at times reaching altitudes of almost 3,000 metres.

From £2225 (including rail) based on two people sharing

12 Days
Various departures from June to October
 Village des Bories

Walking in France - Colours of Provence

Purple lavender, houses of honey-coloured stone, ochre mines, yellow sunflowers tilted towards the blue sky, silver-green olive trees, plump red tomatoes, the white chalk of towering Mont Ventoux… Walk in Provence and delight in its colours.

From £972 (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 Days
Various departures from March to October
Walking the French Riviera, France

Walking the French Riviera, France

Menton, located on the Franco-Italian border, 'The Pearl of France,' combines a city of gardens, seaport, beach resort and a paradise for hikers all rolled into one! Many of the trails start here offering some of the finest views of the Riviera.

From £929.00 GBP

8 days
Saturday departures from April to October
Dordogne kayaking, France

Dordogne Activities, France

This multi activity holiday combines walking, cycling and canoeing in the Dordogne. Experience the dramatic river valleys, impressive chateau, troglodyte cave dwellings Rocamadour, Grotte de Lacave and Gouffre de Padirac.

From £1167 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every 2 days through the summer
Walking into the valleys of Provence

Highlights of Provence, France

Greoux les Bains offers the perfect base for a walking holiday to explore the region with a mixture of walks directly from the hotel or following a short private bus transfer. See the bustling market town of Forcalquier and the dramatic Verdon Gorge.

From £1029 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from May to Oct